India dreams of beating the United States, China, Japan and Russia in being the superpower when it comes to producing energy. But their Monday, July 30, 2012 power outage, which lasted eight hours and resulted in 360 million people being without power, highlights why they are still in fifth place for that distinction.
A country can’t have 150 trains delayed in seven states and boast their nation has “one of the best power grids in the world,” but that’s just what Sushil Kumar Shinde did after power was finally restored. Shinde, India’s Minister of Power and Energy, dropped jaws with the statement according to the Guardian.
His statement also contradicts the fact that India’s Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, thinks the country needs $400 billion in investment funds in order to address the country’s growing energy needs. In fact, Bloomberg reports that a goal of another 76,000 megawatts of power is needed according to Singh for electricity production to finally catch up with demand.
In the capital of Delhi, and the seven northern states that were impacted by Monday’s eight hours of powerlessness–Haryana, Himachaal Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir, Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar—Sushil Kumar Shinde might be viewed as one of the least credible men in the country now.
He doesn’t have to worry though, as India’s Prime Minister will soon take the focus off him as he seeks to determine which of the states in the country took more than their fair share of electricity on Monday. And he’s promising there will be “severe consequences” for them doing so.